BJS has added new features to make it easier to find information on our website. Please review the options below for more details.
BJS best matches, also known as KeyMatches, give you more accurate results. If you see a highlighted “BJS best match” at the top of your results page, this will bring you to the most important, timely content.
You may see the words, “You could also try,” which will suggest alternate search words or phrases for better, more comprehensive results.
Data and Product Finder
BJS created a data and product finder to give you a more direct path to data and products. You can search by keyword or sort the listings by topic, publication series, data collection and release year.
Demographics and state and local crime estimates
BJS combines some variables from the original raw data to create aggregate data that we analyze in reports, data tables, and online tools. Although most BJS reports analyze national estimates, you can access our data analysis tools to find state and local crime estimates, as well as demographic characteristics of victims, prisoners, arrestees and offenders.
The following data analysis tools are available:
Timeframe to release data
BJS collects data from both administrative records and interviews. After collection, BJS must clean, weight (in the case of sample populations,) analyze, and fully verify the data prior to release.
Below is an average data collection and processing timetable:
||5-6 months (from reference date) for administrative surveys; 8-12 for interview surveys|
||1-2 months for administrative surveys; 3-6 for interview surveys|
||2-12 months, depending on survey type and complexity of analysis|
BJS is redesigning the BJS.gov website to make it easier for our customers to find and understand our data and products. This overhaul will include improved search tools, a comprehensive online data catalog and interactive data visualization tools. We'll keep you posted. If you have any comments or ideas to share, please send them to AskBJS@usdoj.gov.